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Vaccine support for people with SMI

Public Health England have developed a series of short videos on COVID-19 vaccination to support and encourage people with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) to get their COVID-19 vaccines, and for promotion with GPs and healthcare professionals. 

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine: Personal experience guide for people with severe mental illness, Part 1

Professor Wendy Burn is the Chair of the Clinical Group of Equally Well. This is a collaboration set up to improve the physical health of those with a severe mental illness. She is also a Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry in Leeds and has been helping out at a COVID-19 vaccination centre there.

In this film she explains why you should get a vaccination and what to expect when you do.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine: Personal experience guide for people with severe mental illness, Part 2

Kevin James is the Chair of the Equally Well UK Expert by Experience Group. He has over 25 years of experience in both using physical and mental health services as well as working with commissioners, the VCSE sector, and NHS foundation trusts.

This short video explains what people with SMI can expect from the vaccination process. It contains helpful guidance on how to prepare for your appointment and what to expect.

COVID-19 vaccination: A guide for GPs and teams to support people with severe mental illness

Dr. Emma Tiffin is a GP working for NHS England and NHS Improvement. She has a special interest in mental health and has worked in clinical leadership roles for over 20 years.

This short video explains how General Practitioners can support people with SMI to receive their vaccines.